- Vice President bet says she wants field rather than office work
- She can use office to spread anti-poverty programs in the rural areas
- She wants to focus on the poorest of the poor
MANILA, Philippines – Rather than being cooped up in the upper tiers of the socio-political hierarchy, Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo would very much prefer continuing her work in the grassroots level.
In an interview with the Manila Bulletin, the widow of former Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo said she would like it better if the new President would not give her a position in his/her Cabinet should she win as Vice President.
“I would rather not be given a Cabinet post,” she said.
At the same time, however, Robredo said she would like to handle an anti-poverty job if she ever receives a Cabinet post.
“Although the choice will not be mine, perhaps being of special projects but for anti-poverty,” she said.
Office of Vice President Put to Good Use
In preferring grassroots work, Robredo said she can use the Office of the Vice President to help alleviate poverty especially in the rural areas.
“The untapped strength of the vice presidency can be best used in the anti-poverty program,” she said. “I would like to draw attention to the rural areas. The position of Vice President has the power to draw attention to such advocacies.”
The solon, who is known for following her late husband’s ‘tsinelas’ leadership, has advocated and implemented several anti-poverty programs.
In her district, funds from the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Agrarian Reform, and the Department of Social Welfare and Development are being allocated to help improve the production of small-time farmers instead of merely being used in feeding programs.
“Even if the government spends so much for feeding programs, the government will not solve hunger if it does not address poverty,” Robredo said.